I am a fan of the NFL and there are a few teams that I like and they’re “my team” like the Miami Dolphins to name one. Like a lot of people, I’m not and never have been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and their arrogant position that they are “America’s Team.”
Having said that – and being honest – you just had to acknowledge that the way they’d execute on both side of the ball was damned good and they won a lot… which make one not like them. So I recognized the workmanship the team displayed… and I still don’t like them and ever will. Sunday, they played the team that used to be the Washington Redskins and when these two division rivals meet, it’s usually epic because they just don’t like each other… or anyone else in the NFC East.
These four teams play each other and you can expect carnage and it makes for exciting football… but that hit on Andy Dalton was pretty shitty but, honestly, not unexpected. But that’s not really got me to write about this: It’s something I did yesterday that I’ve never done before and that was to pay attention to the Shannon and Skip show because Skip, a ride and die Cowboys fan from way back had some pretty harsh shit to day about that game and America’s Team.
Okay. My beloved Dolphins haven’t done well over the years and since they won back to back Superbowls and their only real and remaining claim to fame is that they’re still the only team to go totally undefeated. I’ve heard and, yep, even said some things about their fall from grace and glory… but to hear Skip talking at length about his beloved Cowboys? It was painful to listen to… because he was right about everything he was saying and my “prejudice” against the team had nothing to do with it.
They haven’t made the playoffs in years and despite having some very good players and, let’s say, questionable coaching decisions. They made what even I thought was a good decision to bring in Mike McCarthy who Green Bay inexplicably sent packing. I knew – and as those close to me who are rabid – uh, faithful Cowboys fans also knew was that this coaching change was gonna work even though some retooling would be necessary – but they had the players with the skill to make it work.
And it wasn’t working. Then Dak Prescott, who got franchise tagged, suffered a horrific season ending injury trying to put the offense on its shoulders and get them to playing the kind of football they knew how to play. Enter Andy Dalton, an off-season acquisition that even some Cowboys fans questioned but it just makes sense for any team to,have their starter as well as an experienced backup and in case of what happened to Dak.
Then, during the middle of yet another poorly played game, Dalton suffers a “dirty” hit and gets knocked out of the game and both Skip and Shannon were wondering why the Cowboys did nothing. Skip said that they gave up; not just for that game but for the rest of the season. Now, you’d think that my not being a fan of that team, it would make me “happy” to see America’s Team falling flat on their faces and along with the other teams in the division… but it didn’t.
Skip’s examination of things was scathing and it was a very serious indictment against what is, on paper, a very good professional football team. I’m not of fan of theirs… but what Skip had to say made me wince and, of course, Shannon didn’t make Cowboys fans feel any better because, from what I’ve heard, he and Skip don’t always or usually agree on things concerning the NFL… but on this show, they were in agreement.
Fact is, the entire NFC East just sucks and that’s kinda unusual. You know shit is really fucked yo with then Eagles, who also,have some serious issues, is leading the division with a 2-4-1 record. Let’s not even mention that in the last few seasons, Dallas had been leading the division and on their way to the playoffs for the first time in a long time, only to have those same Eagles come back and crush their playoff hopes and they even had the “nerve” to go all the way and win it all.
The whole division is the laughing stock of the league… and Dallas, with their better stable of players is leading the league in their inability to play winning football. Skip said – and I felt it hurt him to say it – that their game against the equally crappy Eagles, well, the Eagles will destroy Dallas, not because the Eagles are really the “better team” but because the Dallas Cowboys have given up.
Normally, this would be about the time where I’d be giving my son-in-law, who is also a long time Cowboys fan, the business about how shitty his team is playing and, yeah, rubbing it in that my Dolphins, currently at 3-3, have a better record and have been, on the whole, playing better football. There’s none of the “joy” to be found as we “bash” each other’s team (but also saying good things, too) because like Skip, he’d be the among the first to admit that America’s Team, the way they’ve been playing, probably couldn’t beat the current NCAA champions… or any Division I or II or even IIa school.
So I’m not gonna give him any shit about it. The NY Jets have yet to win a game… and they’re not being tarred and feathered as… viciously as the Cowboys are. Shit… even the Cleveland Browns, who were the perennial worst team in the league, well, they’re not doing bad at all and doing so without any real big name players although they did lose OBJ to a season ending injury.
All kinds of stuff going on with the NFL that’s making this season… interesting, to be nice about it and the #1 question on everyone’s mind is what the fuck is up with the Dallas Cowboys? Shannon, like it or not, said it right: You hurt our player like that and with a dirty hit? Oh, it’s on and even if it doesn’t start a fight – and it normally would – such a thing is often a wake up call and one that makes the team play much better football and, often, coming back to exact the perfect “revenge” and win the game.
Dallas didn’t even try. The refs did the right thing by ejecting the guy and hustling him off the field and while Shannon was going in about going after the guy or, shit, doing the same thing to one of Washington’s players, Skip felt it was a moot point and no need for retaliation and, yeah, I agree with that… it’s just that if you know anything about how they play football within the NFC East, well, that’s not how they roll and some payback would be given and expected.
Cooler heads will prevail and this is good… but, again, hearing such a scathing indictment against the Cowboys was hard to listen to even for someone like me who never liked the team to begin with. and, I’m thinking, even harder for all the ride and die Cowboys fans to admit to to see them just roll over and give up.
I guess we’ll see which way the wind is blowing when they play the Eagles and another team they have a great and fierce rivalry with and, again, more so when the Eagles have a habit of consistently being able to crush all of the Cowboys’ playoff hopes and dreams. Perhaps Skip will be proven wrong and the Cowboys will rally behind their rookie QB and I really do hope they’re scrambling to find someone with more experience to back up Andy Dalton and more so if he’s gonna miss this game because of the concussion protocols.